A loan of $1,075 helped to increase merchandise.

Mery's story

Mery is 44 years old. She lives with her husband and their five children. Two are already grown, Angie, 23 years old, and Grace, 20. Three are younger: Mery, 11, Jhonny, 9, and Antuannete, 5 years old. They all live in her home made from simple materials and located in the popular Ventanilla district in Lima.

She has a small shop in her home and has returned to it after three years, during which time she had to leave it aside. The convenience of having this business in her own home inspired her to continue with it, since it has been very profitable and can sustain her family. Mery can work in the comfort of her home and, at the same time, care for her younger children. Her husband, Oscar, also cheerfully helps with the work.

The hardest time, according to her means “run around more,” is midday, since she has to attend to her customers on their lunch hour and also to her family. Mery attends the store almost the entire day and on weekends the hours can extend until midnight.

In the future, she thinks she will update the facilities in her business, stock it with more merchandise and eventually sell food from outside her home.

She has already had 4 loans with MFP, and she has always liked collaborating with her communal bank, but for matters of time, she is requesting an individual loan this time. Half of the money that she requests will be used to purchase more merchandise, while the other half will be used to update her shop in order to have a good appearance for her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rebecca Towle

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